Friday, May 8, 2009

Heart Of The Garden Herb Bread

Wanting to do something 'special' in the kitchen this morning I thought it would be fun to incorporate our garden fresh herbs into a baked item. So what better to bake than bread!?! Cooking is fun in itself, but when you add in fresh, homegrown vegetables and herbs - the kitchen becomes the epicenter of culinary excitement.

Here you find Hubby preparing to wash & mince the freshly picked herbs that we will be using.

Heart Of The Garden Herb Bread
(You'll notice in the photo below that I had a bag of fresh basil already harvested, but since Hubby picked more this morning I will use his and dehydrate the others. Waste not - Want not!)

3 c. all purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
6 eggs, beaten
2 c. buttermilk
4 Tblsp. grainy horseradish mustard
1 (7-oz) pkg. grated mozzarella & asiago blend cheese
1/2 c. fresh minced oregano
1/2 c. fresh minced basil
1/4 c. fresh minced sage
1/2 c. fresh minced rosemary

Preheat oven to 400* Spray two 8"x4" regular loaf pans with non-stick spray. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, buttermilk & mustard. Stir to blend well.

Add in grated cheese and herbs. Stir to incorporate.

Pour batter into prepared bread loaf pans; dividing batter evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Turn bread out onto wire cooling rack and allow to cool slightly before serving. This turned out extremely moist and oh so flavorful. Of course we had to take a sample taste with smidgen of butter & it was delicious!

Yields: 2 loaves

Click HERE for printable recipe


Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Absolutely LOVE the quilted table runner in the photos.


Lori said...

Mmmm, that bread looks so yummy! And how nice that you got hubby to participate too! Nothing, and I mean NOTHING beats the taste of fresh homemade bread!
I'm so glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours. Just in looking around, I think we have lots in common!
I'll be fact, I'm adding you to my reader so I can keep up with ya!
Thanks, and have a great day!!

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

Thank you so much for the warm comments my dear friends. It always put a smile on my face to know that someone would take time out their day to post a few words to me.


c_kanupp said...

That bread looks soo yummy! I have been seriously considering starting an herb garden, but I dont really know anything about it (about any kind of gardening, for that matter.. lol). And the only kind of bread I have ever made is banana bread. I really need to get on the ball with homemade breads!! :)

Sarah said...

My herb garden is about ready to be planted - just waiting for things to dry up a bit! I've always used containers in the past and we are moving to bigger and better! My Mother's Day present is the raised beds that my dh is putting in to hold them. Pictures will come soon I hope - once they are all done! Anyway, I will be using your recipe soon!

cranky grandma said...

WOW! I'll bet they would make super dinner rolls!

Andrea said...

Oh, I like the idea of adding the mustard with the fresh herbs. And I agree with cranky grandma, this would make some delicious dinner rolls!